Meet Our Distinguished Fellows

Meet the Distinguished Fellows who help bridge the practicing commercial real estate community and the academic community.

Richard Buttimer

Richard J. Buttimer Jr.

Director, Childress Klein Center for Real Estate, Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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The Childress Klein Center for real estate is an applied research center that focuses on public policy matters related to real estate and urban economics. As director, Buttimer is responsible for setting the research direction of the center, for being the primary contact with the public for all matters related to the center, and for administering the center’s budget and associated faculty and staff.

Jim Clayton

Jim Clayton

Professor and Timothy R. Price Chair, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business at York University

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Jim Clayton, Ph.D., is a professor and the Timothy R. Price Chair and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure in the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Brookfield Centre fosters a unique learning ecosystem within a community dedicated to academic excellence, experiential learning, alumni engagement, industry outreach and applied thought leadership. Schulich’s new 12-month Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) program builds on the School’s long-existing MBA specialization in these areas.

Mark J. Eppli

Mark J. Eppli, Ph.D.

Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dr. Mark Eppli has 25 years of academic and administrative leadership experience. He served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and was a Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. Currently he is director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is widely published in commercial real estate finance, development, and valuation, and is coauthor of two books.

Kat Grimsley

Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

Director, MS in Real Estate Development, George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

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Kat Grimsley is the Director of the Masters in Real Estate Development program at the George Mason University. She is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the program including community building, curriculum management and strategic development.

Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

Director, Baker Program in Real Estate, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

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Dustin Jones is the Director of the Baker Program in Real Estate in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Jones teaches graduate level courses in real estate transactions and deal structuring, real estate development process, and zoning and entitlements law on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, as well as courses on smart cities, and real estate technology and innovation at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

Vivek Sah

Vivek Sah

Director of the LIED Institute of Real Estate Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Dr. Vivek Sah is the Director of the LIED Institute of Real Estate Studies in the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). At UNLV, he is responsible for leading the LIED lnstitute’s efforts to grow the real estate program for students and supporting the education needs of the industry professionals in the Nevada region.

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp, PhD

Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Executive Director of Real Estate Programs, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

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Dr. Stapp is the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Director of Real Estate Programs in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has also serves as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In November 2011, Stapp was named a Distinguished Fellow of NAIOP. He Stapp has over 40 years experience planning, designing, developing, investing in and advising about real estate.